in February 2019, researchers in Korea published a study in the Journal of Nutrition and Health, showing a connection between diet and mental health.
The researchers recruited over 3,500 participants for their study, all of whom were over the age of 65. They then analyzed their dietary information, addressed their anxiety and depressive states, and split them into two groups: those with anxiety and depression and those without.
They made quite a few findings as they compared diet and mental health between the two groups.
- Men who ate alone were more likely to have depression and anxiety than those who ate with others.
- Women who ate the evening meal less frequently were more likely to have depression and anxiety.
- Men who ate less—particularly less fish, shellfish, seaweed, mushroom, oils/fats, and seasonings—were more likely to have depression and anxiety
- Men who had poorer nutrient intake generally were more likely to have depression and anxiety
- Men and women who ate less dietary fibre, riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), potassium, iron, and vitamin C were more likely to have depression and anxiety.
This is one more study among a growing body of research showing a connection between what we eat and our mental health. Here at Truehope, we’ve been promoting nutrition as mental health treatment for over 20 years.
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A single standard dose of two capsules of EMPowerplus contains 106% of the recommended daily value of vitamin B2, 60% of vitamin B3, 134% of vitamin C, 1% of potassium, and 10% of iron.